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Time Runs Out for Missing Limerick Ticket Holder

Last Updated: Wednesday 20th April 2016, 09:52 am

An Irish Lotto ticket holder has missed the deadline to claim their six-figure prize. The unidentified player from Limerick, who had matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball on Saturday 16th January, had until 5.30pm on Friday 15th April to come forward to accept a cheque worth €117,317, but unfortunately there was no contact made with National Lottery headquarters.

National Lottery officials did all they could to find the winning ticket holder, producing newsflashes on digital signage in authorised retailers and generating interest in and around the local area, particularly in the Elm Court service station where the lucky Lotto ticket had been purchased. Aideen Fitzpatrick, the owner of Elm Court, had even encouraged all locals to frantically search every inch of their homes in an attempt to find the missing ticket. Sadly, however, these efforts were to no avail, with a spokesperson for the National Lottery confirming to the Limerick Leader that no claim had been made for the sizeable windfall.

Winning Irish Lotto ticket holders have 90 days to collect their prize, with amounts in excess of €15,000 needing to be collected from National Lottery headquarters in Dublin. Any unclaimed Irish Lotto prizes must be used “exclusively to promote the National Lottery with the core objective of raising funds for good causes,” with figures from 2014 suggesting that around two percent of lottery prizes in Ireland go unclaimed each year.

Tonight’s Irish Lotto jackpot is estimated to be worth an incredible €7 million and with no winner since Saturday 12th March, excitement is beginning to increase as lottery fans look to end a run of ten straight rollovers. Tickets can be purchased online or from any authorised retailer from across the Republic. This would be a heartbreaking sum of money to miss out on, so keep those tickets safe! Best of luck!

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